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9081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How Fast Have You Driven in Your Current Car? on: September 03, 2007, 04:11:17 AM

Quote from: Brendan on September 02, 2007, 07:14:16 PM

Perhaps he's an old-school hypermiler.

Optimal efficiency can be expected while cruising with no stops, at minimal throttle and with the transmission in the highest gear. For most cars these conditions are satisfied at a speed of approximately 35 miles per hour although this is below the minimum permitted on most roads that have no stops.  Therefore, maximum efficiency is obtained while driving the minimum legal speed on a freeway.

I don't know what kind of car they are talking about, but my top gear would freaking choke if I was only going 35mph.  I usually don't shift into 5th until just about 50mph.  I believe the most efficient use of gas is right around the peak of the power curve, and with most modern gearing that is going to be much higher than 35mph and likely higher than the old posted limits of 55mph from the 70's. 
9082  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Stranglehold $48 on: September 03, 2007, 12:13:24 AM
Circuit City has the 360 version on sale this week for only $47.99, so if you are looking to pick it up you might as well save $12.   nod
9083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying in September? on: September 03, 2007, 12:09:27 AM
Halo 3 is probably the only release this month I'll buy.  I will likely rent Stranglehold at some time and I might pick up Stuntman: Ignition if it goes on sale. 
9084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: September 02, 2007, 01:16:43 AM

Quote from: Ridah on September 01, 2007, 08:15:21 PM

Is there some sort of recap of the story up to Halo 3 that I could download? I completed Halo so long ago and never played Halo 2, I also read about half way through one of the novels. I could really use a recap.

I think there will be a disc that has all of the cutscenes from the first two games included with the Legendary edition.  Which is unfortunate, because no way in hell am I going to buy that one. 
9085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [DS] Worms: Open Warfare 2 !! on: September 01, 2007, 05:29:52 AM
Pretty sure this on the PSP, too, if anybody cares.
9086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stranglehold on: September 01, 2007, 05:28:23 AM
For the multiplayer it seems all they would have to do is put everybody into slow-mo when somebody uses it, but only the person that used it can move their crosshair at the normal rate and everybody else moves it slower just like their movements. 
9087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stuntman: Ignition! on: September 01, 2007, 05:25:28 AM
That would be pretty cool.  They need the chase scene from the original Gone in 60 Seconds.  38 minutes of pure car chase and carnage.  Then you could get Bullit, The French Connection, Ronin...
9088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: Labor Day Edition on: August 31, 2007, 02:53:51 PM
Since my 360 is still MIA, I will be busting out the PSP all weekend.  I'm almost done with Daxter and then I will move on to Syphon Filter spiced with some MX vs ATV.  If the desire strikes me (which it probably will) I might also pick up Dead Head Fred since it seems like it might be a good time.  
9089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 02:34:43 PM
Hey, if the 360 version allows me to fully mess with the performance vs graphics I think I would definitely go that route.  It's bound to look and run better than my crappy PC. 
9090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: skate. on: August 31, 2007, 02:13:41 PM
I have to say, that faceplant in your video looked kind of lame.  I've seen more violent landings from somebody laying down on a couch. 
9091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Dogs] Thinking about getting a Collie on: August 31, 2007, 09:03:36 AM
My dad has had border collies for his last three dogs (unfortunately the second one was killed) and he absolutely loves them.  They were all trained to be cattle dogs but he doesn't even have cattle anymore.  My stepmom has been using their current one in those dog athletics classes (whatever they're called) and they both enjoy it and do really well.  The dogs have all been very sweet, obedient, kid-friendly and love to chase things (balls, frisbees, whatever).  Their natural herding instinct can make for some funny times when they try herding birds and such. 

I don't know if they would be a very good choice if you don't have a yard, though.  Something to think about.
9092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds Impressions on: August 31, 2007, 08:56:09 AM
I understand the 360 version had some slowdown, less than perfect graphics and whatnot, but compared to running it on an older PC is it really that bad?  For some reason I want to play this game, but if possible I'd prefer to play it on my XBox when it gets back from repair. 
9093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Mist Trailer on: August 31, 2007, 03:00:24 AM
I would watch that.  And if I was there, I would probably punch that preachy bitch in the face. 
9094  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Witcher video link on: August 31, 2007, 02:28:52 AM
Just wanted to let someone know that the link to the new Witcher video posted in the News doesn't work. 
9095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP] No reason to wait? on: August 30, 2007, 11:44:57 PM
Don't forget that it also has double the on-board memory to enable sped up cached loading of games.
9096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP 2000 available for preorder on Amazon on: August 30, 2007, 01:57:09 PM
For anyone that is getting or interested in the new PSP "Slim", IGN has a fairly decent hands-on write up, including some good close-up pictures of the ice-silver model. 
9097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why can't they... on: August 30, 2007, 01:31:46 PM
That "giant robot-hucking-cars game" was Slave Zero, and there was also an MMO under development of the name Citizen Zero which never came out.  So you really had three games rolled into one.  slywink
9098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 30, 2007, 08:24:27 AM
Heh, absolutely not. 

This is sort of an action/beat 'em up/platformer game where your character is/was a detective who had his head taken off by the mob.  Some crazy doctor put your brain in a jar on your shoulders and reanimated you...or something.  As you play the game you can change your abilities by slapping on different heads.

The main character's voice is done by John C McGinley, who is probably best known as Dr Cox on Scrubs.
9099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: August 30, 2007, 08:17:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2007, 01:50:40 AM

someone needs to point out the difference between Samus and Master Chief to him...

I think he's just poking the fanboys with that one. 
9100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2007 (Keep It Updated) on: August 30, 2007, 08:16:01 AM
So can I assume that you would recommend Robin Hobb?  slywink
9101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 08:14:02 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2007, 01:54:38 AM

hiding something with all those blurry icon descriptions Engine?  icon_wink

Yeah, some of them have my name and names of family and such (resume, picture folders, etc), so as I was blurring those out I just did all of them.  No need for psychos like you to have all my personal info.  slywink
9102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 30, 2007, 08:00:23 AM
Do it!  I would like to hear some real impressions before I make the plunge.
9103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 30, 2007, 01:02:37 AM

Quote from: Calvin on August 30, 2007, 12:36:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 29, 2007, 11:29:44 PM

Just note that OXM gave the game a 7.5 and nocked the single player portion pretty bad, and I see that the EGM reviews average to 6.67 (probably a 6 and two 7's). 

As for the Vietnam games, can you imagine how much cooler they could be now with something like Crysis' jungle vegetation?
What was the reasoning for the knock on the SP?

They mostly said that is was just an average campaign with some AI issues and such.  Here's some quote text:

...While this setup lends a bit of replayability and removes the tight scripting and forced linearity that the series (and WWII games in general) has been guilty of, it's underused: you parachute in only at the beginning, and --sometimes -- when you die and respawn.  Once you're on the ground, Airborne plays very solidly but unspectacularly.  Gunplay is ho-hum, except for the sadistic location-based death system that causes foes to fall over dead in different ways depending on where the fatal bullet penetrated their flesh.  Bonus points for the effort to the weapon upgrades, which offer (for example) recoild and greater zoom bonuses with frequent weapon use, but don't really enhance the game. 

And though the levels are all visually unique, we've fought in too many of these places before.  Both Normandy at D-Day and Market Garden are WWII battles we've survived more than once.  Worse, the AI foes are frustrating.  In short, they're crack shots from any distance, choosing to focus on you even when an AI ally is a nearer, greater threat.  Their precision becomes most painful on the penultimate mission, "Varsity," where you're dropped into a railyard surrounded by snipers.  And though the actual final mission is an engaging sniper-free gauntlet, the finale offers little payoff beyond a short cutscene.  ...

They go on to say that they enjoy the multiplayer quite a bit. 
9104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The N-Gage is back! on: August 30, 2007, 12:47:37 AM
9105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: omg Desktop thread on: August 30, 2007, 12:42:27 AM
I used a screenshot from the forthcoming Viking game, which I am hoping doesn't suck. 

9106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: x360 Live Movers and Shakers [08/29/2007 edition] on: August 30, 2007, 12:19:22 AM
Hooray for Purge!  At least I went up in rank this time.  I'm sure by the next update I will have fallen back since my 360 is in for repairs and everyone else is playing Bioshock and Blue Dragon and Stuntman and everything else that just came out. 
9107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/27) on: August 30, 2007, 12:04:12 AM

Quote from: fyedaddy on August 29, 2007, 02:50:31 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 29, 2007, 01:47:49 PM

I have some very fond memories of playing Streets of Rage on my sega genesis with my bestfriend til the wee hours of the morning

As do I, but I fear that nostalgia might have me primed for another let down. I only regret ONE Live arcade purchase (Street Fighter 2 - because of the poor controls) but there have been a couple of XBLA games turned out to be nostalgia only buys and I've since wished I hadn't picked them up at all. I'm looking at you, Defender.

Considering they all have free demos, there should be no excuse for buying games with poor controls or just aren't fun.  Try before you buy, man!  Tongue
9108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]Dead Head Fred? on: August 29, 2007, 11:54:01 PM
I was looking forward to this one until I read the Game Informer review, and then I put the brakes on.  I was hoping somebody else around here would try it out and give a man-on-the-streets opinion, or at least a couple more reviews to come in. 

It doesn't have to be perfect for me to enjoy it, but I don't want to get stuck with a stinker.
9109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]medal of honor airborne demo up now on: August 29, 2007, 11:29:44 PM
Just note that OXM gave the game a 7.5 and nocked the single player portion pretty bad, and I see that the EGM reviews average to 6.67 (probably a 6 and two 7's). 

As for the Vietnam games, can you imagine how much cooler they could be now with something like Crysis' jungle vegetation?
9110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo 3 has Gone Gold! on: August 29, 2007, 11:17:07 PM
I never finished Halo 2 and don't much care about the multiplayer, but I'm sure I will pick this one up when it comes out. 
9111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars on: August 29, 2007, 02:47:56 PM
Well, to be fair from what they showed there are no more resources than something like Dawn of War.  It could be all "command points" from capturing strategic locations or something.  I don't really expect them to have marines mining for ore. 
9112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo Wars on: August 28, 2007, 02:55:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on August 28, 2007, 02:53:43 PM

I like the graphics and the interface looks pretty workable.  However I was kind of hoping that the game would be more tactical and less focused on resources so I was kind of disheartened when they start out showing you all of the different structures you can build at your base.  I would have preferred something closer to Myth.  Hope that's temporary voice acting though- that female voiceover is awful. 

Yeah, I was expecting something a little more like Ground Control with no base building, but it looks like it's probably more along the lines of Dawn of War. 
9113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Halo Wars on: August 28, 2007, 02:51:17 PM
I see that there is a video demo of Halo Wars at places like over here at FileFront which shows a bit of gameplay with voiceover by designer Graeme Devine.  Looks alright, but I wish he would have zoomed in a bit more. 
9114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brave Story...A Wonderful PSP RPG Nobody Ever Played on: August 28, 2007, 02:20:21 PM
I wish I cared about JRPGs, as they seem to be everywhere lately. 
9115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 28, 2007, 02:07:43 PM
I just watched a show on the Science Channel the other night about this guy who recited pi to 22,514 digits.  It took something like five hours.  He has symptoms of autism but is also able to interact fairly normally in society. 
9116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It Seems I've Started Snoring on: August 28, 2007, 02:01:55 PM
Antihistamines can also dry you out and cause snoring, if you've been taking any of those.
9117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]bomberman gets bomb pack 1 tomorrow on: August 28, 2007, 10:05:09 AM
Seems like a pretty reasonable deal for 250 points.  Of course I never picked up the full game in the first place, but maybe someday.
9118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: MOTHER! on: August 28, 2007, 06:44:42 AM
I thought it was terrible, in an unfunny way.
9119  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Pax will never hold a candle to E3... on: August 28, 2007, 06:43:33 AM
To me, booth babes are a unnecessary negative at trade shows.  Obviously I like looking attractive women, but they have nothing to do with the products you are there to see.  They surely don't give a shit about the what they are showing/representing and most people are decidedly uncomfortable with their presence anyway.  Leave them out and show me what I'm there for. 
9120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Gods and Heroes Beta codes on: August 28, 2007, 06:38:56 AM
No, the servers were up when I was trying to play.  The errors came when it was trying to load some particle crap, and I got about 30 error boxes, one after another.  I did get far enough to create a characer, but I couldn't see him and it crashed when I tried to play the game.  Too bad there are no settings to mess with before it loads.
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